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Silvie Granatelli Workshop

Setting the Mood for Food - 2006

Silvie will explore her love of cooking, food, and finely-crafted porcelain pottery in this two day demonstration workshop. She will demonstrate a variety of thrown and altered forms that are meant to enhance the presentation of food and the environment of the dinner table. She will discuss how the importance of mood and atmosphere affect the design of her tableware.

Specific decorative techniques will include carving on leather hard clay, slip trailing, and stain decorating. Silvie encourages lively discussion of any topic related to clay, the studio, and the business of craft.

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Artist talk w/slides
August 18, 2006, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Two day Workshop
August 19-20, 2006
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Silvie Granatelli Artist Statement

Being a potter is the giving and receiving of thanks. My pottery is about food presentation. It is made to bring foods to light. While function is a primary consideration, mood is of greater importance. I try to create atmosphere with my tableware. Considerations about mood or atmosphere contribute to the overall look and feel of my pieces. Ideas come easily, but meaning seems to come in layers over decades of time. It is meaning that gives strength to good ideas. I hope that my ideas have grown with my skills.

I am concerned with ritual as well. Rituals uncover the basic values, aims and attitudes of a people. I am half Sicilian and half Cajun, whose cultures are wrought with superstitions. Throw in a Catholic upbringing and I have rituals dancing all about me. Cooking has given me an avenue to explore and create my personal rituals. I began to cook when I was a teenager, and it has been a strong, sustaining interest in my life.

Currently I am interested in the notions of hospitality. Hospitality, which means to give and to receive. I view pottery as a vehicle of hospitality, because a pot gives and receives simultaneously; it is both host and guest.

I think about things like:

Food- which foods are chosen from those available; how they are prepared; with whom, and when they are eaten; and how much time is allotted to cooking and eating. Food is one of the means by which society creates itself, and acts out its aims and functions.

How do I, as a maker of tableware, direct the theater of dining? This is where I believe I have some ability to give something to society. Here I become the host and the guest. By thinking about foods as identity, as our physical selves, as a way of thought, as sex, as power, as friendship, as a medium of magic and witchcraft, as our time controller, I see food as the root culture: that which gives meaning to our lives.

I hope my ideas about dining will shape and dramatize the rituals surrounding food. I want my tableware to embody the unspoken assumptions of my heritage and culture.

Silvie Granatelli Resume

1971, BFA, Kansas City Art Institute
1975, MFA, Montana State University
Professional Experience:
1982-05, Studio Potter, Floyd, VA
1987-99, Adjunct Professor Instructor, Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA
1982-83, Instructor of Ceramics and Director of Ceramics Apprenticeship Program, Berea College, Berea, KY
1979-82, Resident Potter, Berea College, Berea, KY
1976-79, Studio Potter, Athens, GA
1975, Instructor of Ceramics, Extension Program, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
1975, Instructor of Ceramics, Extension Program, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1995, Virginia Museum Fellowship
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA
2005, Hambidge Center, GA
2005, Julie Olson Workshop, Cary, NC
2005, Presenter at NCECA Conference, Baltimore, MD
2005, "The Italian Table" Workshop, La Meridiaba, Italy
2004, Lee Art Center, Arlington, VA
2004, Watershed Workshop, Conference on the Business of Crafts
2004, Old Church Cultural Center, Demerest, NJ
2004, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO
2004, Carolina Clay Workshop, Greensboro, NC
2004, Terra Incognito Workshop, Chicago, IL
2003, Penland School for Crafts, Penland, NC
2003, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
2003, St Louis Community College, St Louis, MO
2002, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2002, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
2002, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2001, Wichita State University, KS
2001, Sertoma Art Center, Raleigh92nd Street Y, New York, NY
1999, Cleveland Art Institute, Cleveland, OH, 2 Weeks
1999, Penland School for Crafts, Penland, NC, 2 Weeks
1998, Southwest Craft Center, San Antonio, TX
1998, Dan Finch Pottery, Bailey, NC
1998, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY, 1 Week
1998, Penland School for Crafts, Spring Concentration, Penland, NC
1998, Florida Craftsman Conference, Hollywood, FL
1997, Hinkley Pottery, Washington, DC.
1997, The Potter's Gathering, Cedar Lakes, WV
1997, Highwater Clays- Odyssey, Ashville, NC
1997, Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild, Ashville, NC, Lecture
1996, Sertoma Art Center, Raleigh, NC
1996, William and Mary College, Jamestown, VA
1996, Arrowmont School for Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1995, Penland School for Crafts, Spring Concentration, Penland, NC
1994, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI
1994, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
1994, Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA
1993, ACC Conference "As A Professional in Crafts." Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1992, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
1991, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
1991, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1991, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
1990, University of Tennessee, Knnbsp; Clay Times, December, Excerpts from a workshop
Selected Publications:
2002, Pots in the Kitchen, Josie Walter
2001, Ceramics Monthly, December Photo
2001, The Art of Contemporary American Pottery by Kevin A. Hluch, Article and Photo
2001, The Ceramic Glaze Handbook by Mark Burleson Photos
2001, Handbuilt Tableware, by Kathy Triplett. Article and Photos
1999, Clay Times, March/April Article and Photos
1998, Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Lark Book Photo
1998, Studio Potter Photo
1996, American Craft, December/January
1996, Clay Times, December Excerpts from a workshop
1993, Ceramics Monthly, November Photo
1990, Southern Accents, December,Photo
1982, Ceramics Monthly, September, Photo
1979, Ceramics Monthly, November
Selected Exhibitions:
2006, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL. "30/30"
2005, Watkins Gallery, Northampton, MA. "Soup to Nuts"
2005, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI. "Fill it to the Rim"
2005, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO. Potters of the Southern Mountains"
2005, Blue Spiral 1, Ashville, NC. "Hot/Ice"
2005, Santa Fe Clay, Santa De, NM. "The Box", "White", and "Cups, Cups, Cups"
2005, A Natural Touch, in conjunction with the NCECA Conference
2005, Mid-Atlantic Artists, Whitehall Gallery, Annapolis, MD (in conjunction with the NCECA Conference)
2005, Setting the Table, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004, Salt and Pepper Show, Odyssey, Ashville, NC
2004, Solo Show, Terra Incognito, Chicago, IL
2004, Butter Dish Show, Odyssey, Ashville, NC
2004, Preserve Penland Show, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2004, Gas Fired/Wood Fired, East Tennessee State
2004, Tea for Two, Museum of Art and Design, Louisville, KY
2003, Two person Show, Cecar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC
2003, 16 Hands at Squires Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksberg, VA
2002, Old Church Cultural Center, Demerest, NJ
2002, Hot/Ice III: Teapots & Pitchers, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2002, Beyond 2001: Current Artists of Archie Bray Fdn, Cube at Beco,Kansas City, MO
2002, Faculty Exhibit: Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2002, National Teapot Show IV, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC
2002, Resident Scholarship Fund Benefit Auctiion, Archie Bray, Helena, MT
2002, Regarding Clay: NCECA Benefit Auction, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO
2001, American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Cent> 2001, Strictly Functional, Market House Craft Center, PA
2001, KCAI Auction: A Celbration of Artists, KCAI, MO
2000, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ
2000, Couplets: Duality in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2000, William King Regional Arts Center, "Community in Clay: Four Floyd County Potters."
2000, Instructors' Exhibition, Oddessy, Asheville, NC
2000, 25th Anniversary Cup Show, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000, Instructors' Exhibition, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, aska
1999, 1999 Southeastern Clay International Blue Spiral I, Ashville, NC
1999, Silvie Granatelli & Mark Shapiro at W.D.O. Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1999, National Teapot Show IV, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC
1998, Cultural Art Center, Hollywood, FL
1997, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Norfolk,VA
1997, Functional Ceramics Invitational, Alfred University, Alfy Newport News, VA
1986, Tea Pot Invitational, Contemporary Craft Gallery, Louisville, KY
1985, For the Table Top, SECCA Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
1984, Table Settings, Contemporary Craft Gallery, Louisville, KY
1982, Group Show, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
1981, Back To Basics, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1980, Ceramics Southwest, Athens, GA
1979, Place Settings, Contemporary Institution, Washington, D.C.
1978, Biennial Piedmont Crafts Show, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
1991-1995 Abilene Christian University, B.F.A. College of Fine Arts, Abilene, TX
1995-2003 Apprentice: Billy Ray Manghan, Sleeping Dog Studio, San Marcos, TX
1991-1995 Abilene Christian University, B.F.A. College of Fine Arts, Abilene, TX
1995-2003 Apprentice: Billy Ray Manghan, Sleeping Dog Studio, San Marcos, TX
1991-1995 Abilene Christian University, B.F.A. College of Fine Arts, Abilene, TX
1995-2003 Apprentice: Billy Ray Manghan, Sleeping Dog Studio, San Marcos, TX
1991-1995 Abilene Christian University, B.F.A. College of Fine Arts, Abilene, TX
1995-2003 Apprentice: Billy Ray Manghan, Sleeping Dog Studio, San Marcos, TX